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Shortlist for Auckland’s best BYO awards announced

From more than 100 nominations, 12 restaurants across Auckland have been shortlisted for the city’s first-ever Best BYO Awards.

Facebook food forum Lazy Susan and Leftfield wines teamed up to find the establishment that has good food, a welcoming vibe and, most importantly, the option to bring your own wine.

Finalists include cult classics, iconic institutions, and new kids on the block, all of which will be scored against criteria by a panel of four experts.

The highest scoring venue (including votes from the public) will will be crowed Auckland’s besy BYO and will receive a $5,000 small business support package.

Judge and Lazy Susan co-founder Anna King Shahab says selecting the shortlist was a challenge, with so many nominations from dedicated food-lovers via callouts on social media.

“The spread of restaurants was impressive both geographically and culinarily,” she says.

“With the uncertainty that has hit the hospitality industry particularly hard of late, we wanted to ensure that excellent eateries spanning suburbs and specialities were highlighted.”

Heading into the final round, four judges – Anna King Shabah, Sam Low, Antony Suvalko and Sammy Akuthota – will visit each venue to rate their experience based on factors including ambience, service and, of course, food.

The shortlist for Leftfield and Lazy Susan – Auckland’s Best BYO Awards 2022 is:

1. Bali Nights – 4 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn
2. Big Fish Eatery – 3/710 Great South Road, Penrose
3. Bunga Raya Restaurant – 2a/3062 Great North Road, New Lynn
4. Canton Café – 477 New North Road, Kingsland
5. El Greco – 1/1 The Esplanade, Campbells Bay
6. Faro – 5 Lorne Street, Auckland CBD
7. Golden Jade – 417 Manukau Road, Epsom
8. Nishiki – 100 Wellington Street, Freeman’s Bay
9. Satya – 17 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
10. Sri Pinang – 356 Kārangahape Road, Auckland CBD
11. Tianze Dumpling House – 695 Sandringham Road, Sandringham
12. Try it Out Restaurant – 79 Atkinson Avenue, Ōtāhuhu

The final scores will also include points for a public vote, with the overall winner announced the second week of March 2022. Head to to cast your vote.

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